#TIFF18: “CLARA” REVIEW
Review by George Kozera for Mr. Will Wong
Real-life married couple Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario star in Writer/Director Akash Sherman’s sophomore feature Film CLARA, a Toronto helmed Sci-Fi flavoured Film about an obsessive, humourless astronomer and a free-spirited young lady who form an unlikely bond which leads them to an astral discovery. As this sumptuously Film progresses, we slowly learn more about Isaac and Clara; the tragedies and circumstances they individually try to overcome as they search the universe to unlock some of the mysteries and find peace within themselves.
Whereas the pace of CLARA may be a little too relaxed and the long time it takes to relate to the character of Isaac who, as written, has minimal social skills, this is a wonderfully performed movie by the entire cast and by its conclusion, I was totally invested. CLARA is accomplished and assured.
CLARA screens Monday, Sept.10th, 5:30 PM, Ryerson Theatre and Thursday, Sept.13th, 9:30 PM, Scotiabank 3.
#SPOTTED: “ORPHAN BLACK”, “POMPEII” + “MOMMY” LEAD THE WAY AT 2015 CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
Canadian Screen Week capped-off in a huge way tonight with the third annual Canadian Screen Awards taking place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The Ceremony honouring the finest in Canadian Film and Television, is meant to recognize and celebrate the Hotbed of talent in our Country and also, on an international scale.
Hosted by SCTV Alumni Andrea Martin, the laughter kept coming with her referencing everything from the fresh Internet debate of the White vs. Blue Dress, to a hilarious introduction which saw her falling out of her SUV, full of censored pixilation, which later would be turned into a YouTube Video complete with Autotune. She revealed before the Press Room that her jokes tonight with a result of a collaboration between friends Steve Martin, Martin Short and a couple Writers from Late Show with David Letterman.
128 Screen Awards were handed-out this week, with 45 being handed tonight during the live Broadcast, airing first in the Atlantic region. Among the top Winners tonight was ORPHAN BLACK, which for a second consecutive year won Best Dramatic Series, along with its Star Tatiana Maslany nabbing again Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Maslany arrived dressed in Canadian Designers Greta Constantine, with her Boyfriend, Downton Abbey Star, Tom Cullen.
French-language Drama MOMMY – fresh off a César Award in France – from Quebec Filmmaker/Actor Xavier Dolan would go on to win major accolades tonight including Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Achievement in Make-Up, Original Screenplay, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Antoine Olivier Pilon), Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Anne Dorval) and Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Suzanne Clément).
POMPEII also would go-on to score big, winning Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Costume Design, Achievement in Visual Effects, Achievement in Sound Editing and Achievement in Visual Effects. It earlier was awarded the Cineplex Golden Reel Award as top-grossing Canadian Film. Mega-Producer Don Carmody accepted the Award tonight, while one of its Stars, Kiefer Sutherland walked the Red Carpet, making a return to his Hometown.
Several would dazzle the Red Carpet tonight including recent Oscar Winner Julianne Moore, smart in a Pantsuit, graciously accepting a warm round of applause as she came to present. The Actress was nominated for her work in David Cronenberg‘s acclaimed MAPS TO THE STARS, which eventually saw her Co-Star John Cusack go-on to win for Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Others who dazzled included Meaghan Rath of BEING HUMAN, Sarah Gadon of MAPS TO THE STARS, Julia Voth of PACKAGE DEAL, Patrick J. Adams of SUITS, a pregnant A.J. Cook of CRIMINAL MINDS and a tearful Missy Peregrym who commended ROOKIE BLUE Fans for being “fierce”; the latter Series won Golden Screen Award for Best Dramatic Television Series.
For a complete list of Winners, click here.
See our Snaps from tonight’s Red Carpet Festivities!
2015 Canadian Screen Award Presenters
Tom Cullen + Tatiana Maslany
The Team behind ORPHAN BLACK
Xavier Dolan + Nancy Grant of MOMMY
Tatiana Maslany winning for ORPHAN BLACK
Jared Keeso wins for 19-2
Anne Dorval wins for MOMMY
Missy Peregrym accepts for ROOKIE BLUE
Vinay Virmani + Manpreet Ral winning Best Original Song for DR. CABBIE
Don McKellar winning for SENSITIVE SKIN
Bruce Greenwood + Susan Devlin
Ken Taylor (on whom Oscar-winning Best Picture ARGO was based) + Co-Producer Elena Semikina
Patrick J. Adams
Dan Levy, Annie Murphy + Eugene Levy of SCHITT’S CREEK
The Cast of TU DORS NICOLE
The Director + Cast of MOMMY:
Missy Peregrym + Gregory Smith
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)
#SPOTTED: MAX BEESLEY IN TORONTO FOR “SUITS”
Although his introduction to North Americans in 2001’s Glitter wasn’t such a fair start (even though I saw it 13 times!), Max Beesley has returned to the same City that Film was made, Toronto. A bona fide Musician and Actor, Beesley has made a name for himself on British Television on popular series such as BBC‘s Hotel Babylon, Sky1‘s Mad Dogs and now USA Network‘s acclaimed Suits.
The Actor who is based now out of Los Angeles, only recently was cast in the upcoming third season of Suits as Stephen Huntley and after a couple weeks of work, he returned back home this past weekend for some rest and relaxation. Beesley arrived back at his Hotel to stop for Photos with a few Fans and was amazingly nice, multitasking a goodbye to his Driver with some Autographs. “Who else is staying here? Surely you can’t be waiting just for The Beesley!”, he says humbly. Uh, actually we were. Noticing how cold it got in the City since he left last week, the massive Manchester United Fan himself rushed back in quickly, telling us to stay warm.
See our Snap:
Suits continues to film around Toronto till the end of October. Season Three premieres Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
(Photo credit: BBC/Mr. Will Wong)
#TIFF: TATYANA ALI, PATRICK J. ADAMS & MR. WILL
This has to be one of the ultimate highlights of the TIFF 2012 InStyle Magazine Party – getting a Snap together with Suits Star Patrick J. Adams and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Tatyana Ali! Both are completely unrelated and this pairing is completely random – a perfect example of the mishmash of people we see here at the Festival.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)